Mike Turner (musician)

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Mike Turner
Mike-Sept.10-2001.jpg
Turner in September 2001
Background information
Birth name Mike A. Turner
Also known as Emtee
Born (1963-06-05) June 5, 1963 (age 53)
Bradford, England, United Kingdom
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Our Lady Peace, Fair Ground, Crash Karma
Notable instruments
Tom Anderson Hollow T Classic with custom artwork by Oli Goldsmith

Michael A. "Mike" Turner (born June 5, 1963) is an English-born Canadian musician and producer. He is best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the band Our Lady Peace[1] and current member of alternative rock supergroup Crash Karma.[2]

Early career[edit]

Born on June 5, 1963, in Halifax, England, Turner grew up heavily influenced by punk rock. His first guitar was a gift from his mother on his seventeenth birthday. He played in a variety of bands during the 1980s.

Turner moved to Ontario, Canada at the age of eighteen. He studied English literature at the University of Western Ontario. He lived in Saugeen-Maitland Hall at the University of Western Ontario along with fellow Our Lady Peace band member Duncan Coutts.[3]

After his departure from OLP he began producing music and played guitar in the Canadian band Fair Ground, with Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance, In 2008, he joined Canadian super group Crash Karma composed of Edwin, former lead singer of I Mother Earth; Jeff Burrows, former drummer for the Tea Party; and Amir Epstein, former bassist for Zygote.[4] The band released a self-titled album on March 16, 2010.

1991–2001: Our Lady Peace[edit]

Main article: Our Lady Peace

In late 1991, Turner placed an ad in Toronto-based Now newspaper in search of musicians. Michael Maida, a criminology student at the University of Toronto,[5] was the first to reply. The two formed a band called As If, inviting Jim Newell as drummer and a friend of Turner's, Paul Martin, to play bass. After they played a number of gigs in Oshawa with sets containing a mix of original and cover material, Martin departed soon after, and the band placed an ad for a replacement bassist. Chris Eacrett, a business student at Ryerson University, replied and was accepted after an audition. During that time, Turner and Maida attended a music seminar where they met songwriter and producer Arnold Lanni, the owner of Arnyard Studios. The band, with Lanni, commenced writing new material and recorded some material under the As If name.

Soon thereafter, the band's name was changed to Our Lady Peace, after a Mark Van Doren poem of the same name. With encouragement from their producer Lanni and his management team, the band performed some gigs in Eastern Ontario and Montreal in conjunction with The Tea Party eventually supporting acts like Van Halen[6] and Alanis Morissette.[1]

Turner left Our Lady Peace in late 2001, citing musical and creative differences.[7] Following his departure he stated that he and the band were growing in different directions.

2008-Present: Crash Karma[edit]

In 2008 Turner was approached by Amir Epstein of Zygote and Edwin of I Mother Earth about forming a band after they met while recording in Mike's Toronto based studio. With the addition of Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party, Crash Karma released their first single "Awake" in 2009 followed by a debut album in March 2010.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Inspired by his work with producers Arnold Lanni[9] and Bob Rock,[10] he became very interested in the production side of music, and decided to produce and write full-time.

He experimented with live recordings, using a small mobile live recording rig of his own design. He also built a private recording studio in his home, taking on projects for labels like Capitol, EMI and Sony. Turner then opened a public recording studio in Toronto called The Pocket with a few partners from the music industry. The partnership has since dissolved although Turner remains active at the studio hosting diverse artists including Alert the Medic, Shaye, Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman, Sloan, and Feist. Recordings from The Pocket, with Turner producing have won two Canadian Broadcast awards, one in 2009 for "Afflicted" by Age of Days[11] and again in 2011 for Crash Karma as Rock Group of the Year.[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Nominated work Category Result
JUNO Awards 1995 Naveed with Our Lady Peace Best Alternative Album Nominated
1995 Naveed with Our Lady Peace Best Album Design Won
1998 Clumsy with Our Lady Peace Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic) Nominated
1998 Clumsy with Our Lady Peace Album of the Year Nominated
1998 Clumsy with Our Lady Peace Single of the Year Nominated
1998 Clumsy with Our Lady Peace Group of the Year Won
1998 Clumsy with Our Lady Peace Blockbuster Rock Album of the Year Won
2000 Happiness...Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch with Our Lady Peace Best Group Nominated
2000 Happiness...Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch with Our Lady Peace Best Rock Album Nominated
2001 Happiness...Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch with Our Lady Peace Best Album Nominated
2001 Thief with Our Lady Peace Best Video Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards 1997 Superman's Dead with Our Lady Peace Favourite Video Won
1997 Superman's Dead with Our Lady Peace Favourite Group Won
1998 4 AM with Our Lady Peace Favourite Group Won
2000 One Man Army with Our Lady Peace Favourite Group Won
2000 One Man Army with Our Lady Peace Favourite Video Won
2001 In Repair with Our Lady Peace[13] Best Video Won
CASBY Awards 1995 Naveed with Our Lady Peace Favourite New Album Won
1995 Naveed with Our Lady Peace Favourite New Song Won
1995 Naveed with Our Lady Peace Favourite New Artist Won
CRMA Awards 2009 Afflicted with Age of Days[11] Best New Group Won
Independent Music Awards 2011 Crash Karma with Crash Karma[12] Rock Group of the Year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Billboard - Our Lady Peace Bio, Retrieved from Billboard.com on 2016-06-05
  2. ^ Sound of Music - Our Lady Peace Bio, Retrieved from Sound of Music.ca on 2016-06-05
  3. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/O/Our_Lady_Peace/1998/02/09/748537.html
  4. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (March 10, 2010). "Q&A with Edwin". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Biography". NME. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Serious Rock With Our Lady Peace, Retrieved from jam.canoe.com on 2016-06-05
  7. ^ Guitar World - Our Lady Peace, Retrieved from Guitar World.com on 2016-06-05
  8. ^ Crash Karma lands on its feet, Windsor Star, Retrieved from windsorstar.com, 2013-09-20
  9. ^ The Art of Songwriting With Arnold Lanni, Retrieved from CMW.net on 2016-06-05
  10. ^ OLP Are Putty In Producer Bob Rocks Hands, Retrieved from MTV News on 2016-06-05
  11. ^ a b 2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners, Retrieved from CMW.net on 2016-06-05
  12. ^ a b 2011 Indies Nominees/Winners, Retrieved from Indies.ca on 2016-06-05
  13. ^ A History of Video of the Year Winners at the MMVAs, Retrieved from MuchMusic.com on 2016-06-03

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Original
Our Lady Peace guitarist
1992–2002
Succeeded by
Steve Mazur